Central Issuance

Central Issuance (CI) is a safer and more secure way to handle one of the most important documents a person possesses.

The DMV no longer issues driver's licenses, permits, or identification (ID) cards over the counter in our offices. We give the customer a paper interim (temporary) document which is valid for up to 30 days. The permanent card is mailed within ten business days.

When you come into a DMV office to apply for, or renew, your driver’s license, permit, or ID card, your existing license will be invalidated and returned to you. Because the interim document is not valid for identification purposes, it will be important for you to carry the invalidated card along with the interim document until you receive your new card in the mail.

Please do not visit a DMV office just to receive a new license. Your existing license or ID will remain valid until its expiration date. The new format is issued for renewals, address changes and to new drivers and other first-time applicants.

Central Issuance affects only the way licenses are issued. It does not affect the proof of identity requirements or any other requirements to obtain a license or ID card. The DMV will continue to offer Internet renewals and other alternate services the same way we always have.

See Frequently Asked Questions for more details.


Below are the designs for the Class C Adult and Minor (under 21) driver licenses. Ghost images and micro-printing are only some of the new security features.

Adult Driver License
Back of Adult Driver License
Minor Driver License

The interim document issued at the DMV office is pictured below. Since this is not valid for identification, it is important that the motorist keeps any existing license or ID or presents another form of identification such as a passport or a birth certificate.

Sample Interim Document